Last weekend, The Conjuring 2 put an end to a two-week streak of summer sequels vastly underperforming from their predecessors, taking in $40.3 million to beat Warcraft and Now You See Me 2. It seems that a new trend could be upon us with another highly-anticipated follow-up opening this weekend, Pixar's Finding Dory, which is on track to post the biggest box office debut in Pixar history, while going up against Warner Bros.' Central Intelligence. If the early projections hold up, Finding Dory is on track to open with $116 million this weekend.
Box Office Mojo reports that Finding Dory is set to open in an estimated 3,900 theaters, with Warner Bros' Central Intelligence opening in approximately 3,300 theaters. Finding Dory, which features a star-studded voice cast including Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe, Ed O'Neil and Idris Elba, is already a hit with critics, earning an astounding 95% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although there aren't enough reviews in yet for a consensus on Central Intelligence. If Finding Dory does break $116 million, it will surpass Toy Story 3's $110.3 million mark for the biggest debut in Pixar history.
It's certainly possible that the success of The Conjuring 2 and the potential record-breaking debut of Finding Dory could lead to other follow-ups hitting it big at the box office. Next weekend brings the long-awaited Independence Day: Resurgence from 20th Century Fox, while the weekend after will mark the debut of The Purge: Election Year. However, both of those movies will be going up against some rather stiff competition, with Independence Day: Resurgence facing The Free State of Jones and The Neon Demon, while The Purge: Election Year faces The BFG, The Legend of Tarzan and The Shallows.
Finding Dory reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters this summer, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. The story takes place six months after the events of Finding Nemo, with Dory living what appears to be a nice, quiet life swimming amongst the other clown fish. But after setting off with Nemo on a class trip to see manta rays migrate back home, she becomes a bit homesick herself. This leads the forgetful blue tang on a quest to discover where she truly comes from, where she meets a number of new ocean creatures along the way.
Central Intelligence is expected to debut in a distant second place this weekend with $25.7 million. The story follows a one-time bullied geek, Bob, who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of former 'big man on campus,' Calvin (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he's getting into, it's too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than Calvin can count. The top 5 will be rounded out by The Conjuring 2 ($24.2 million), Warcraft ($16.5 million) and Now You See Me 2 ($12.2 million).
The top 10 will be rounded out by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ($6.2 million), X-Men: Apocalypse ($5.8 million), Me Before You ($4.1 million), The Angry Birds Movie ($3.3 million) and Alice Through the Looking Glass ($2.9 million). Also opening in limited release is The Weinstein Company's horror-thriller Clown, Magnolia's action-adventure The Last King, Film Movement's documentary My Love, Don't Cross That River, First Run's documentary Argentina, Hannover House's romantic comedy A Remarkable Life and Magnolia's documentary Tickled. It isn't clear yet if any of these limited release titles have plans to expand in the weeks and months ahead.
Looking ahead to next weekend, 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, STX Entertainment's The Free State of Jones and Broad Green Pictures' The Neon Demon. Also opening in limited release next weekend is Independent's sci-fi action-thriller The Call Up, Sony Pictures Classics' documentary Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, Argot Pictures' documentary From this Day Forward, The Orchard's Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Strand's dramatic comedy The Kind Words, Cohen Media Group's drama Les Cowboys, A24's comedy Swiss Army Man and IFC's documentary Wiener Dog. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, and again on Tuesday for next week's predictions. Until then, take a look at our projected top 10 for the weekend of June 17.
|3||The Conjuring 2|
|5||Now You See Me 2|
|6||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows|
|8||Me Before You|
|9||The Angry Birds Movie|
|10||Alice Through the Looking Glass|